A Purposeful Plan to Integrate Study Abroad & Career Development

CEA Global Education has developed a unique and integrated approach to assist students  understand how to “.. examine critical strategies for personal and career success in a global marketplace while evaluating personal skills, interests and strengths.  Students learn first-hand what it means to be globally competent through reflection upon the interaction between culture and communication and the global workplace”   http://www.gowithcea.com/students/academic/career_development.html

Called the Global Career Development Certificate, I believe it is the only such program offered by a study abroad provider organization.  Full disclosure: as a consultant, I helped CEA create its initial career development framework.  The program is optional for students on several of their European campuses and is offered for one credit.  Like a solid academic course, it outlines expected learning objectives and defines specific competencies as outcomes of the program.

I’ve advocated that such an approach – developed as a fully integrated  program of reflective learning in the classroom coupled with opportunities for experiential learning – is the optimal approach to prepare students to make the most of their study abroad experience.

CEA’s purposeful structured learning experience in-country will prepare students to return to campus ready to “unpack” their time abroad.  And it will enable students to successfully articulate what they learned in a meaningful way during both informational networking interviews and actual job interviews before they graduate.

For more ideas on preparing students for their study abroad program experience – from a campus perspective – see my AIFS Student Guide to Study Abroad and Career Development:

http://www.aifsabroad.com/advisors/pdf/Tillman_AIFS_Student_Guide_Career.pdf

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